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[Gnu-arch-users] Re: Spaces in filenames ... will come soon!

From: Eric W. Biederman
Subject: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: Spaces in filenames ... will come soon!
Date: 21 Jan 2004 12:05:38 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.0808 (Gnus v5.8.8) Emacs/21.2

Miles Bader <address@hidden> writes:

> address@hidden (Eric W. Biederman) writes:
> > Doing everything internally in unicode makes a lot of sense because
> > it is a true union character set.  So you will be able to represent
> > all characters and won't need any special cases.
> Er, well you can't really `represent all characters' -- it has issues
> (e.g. in han unification), but probably they don't matter all that much
> for arch, as the alternative is apparently ASCII.

Sorry.  I meant all characters that have been electrically encoded
in a standard character set.  As far as I know unicode does do
that.  It isn't perfect and it certainly is not complete when you
consider all forms of writing humans have ever used, but it is
maintained, it works at least as well as anything else out there. 

It is worth noting that unicode is now using values above 65536,
for some of the rarer characters.

And unicode is very good at having a 1-1 mapping with other
character set standards, which in practice makes it much
more useful.  Even if it does inherit some of their blemishes.


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